Gary Oldman’s role as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” earned the best actor Oscar on Sunday, capping the actor’s triumphant awards season that included a Golden Globe, BAFTA and other trophies for the role. But some were disturbed to see Oldman win the award on a night that celebrated the empowerment of women with the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements taking center stage.
According to the Daily Beast, Oldman was accused of assault in 2001 by his then-wife Donya Fiorentino, who said the actor beat her with a telephone while their children were present. He denies her claims.
The New York Daily News reported Fiorentino filed paperwork with the Los Angeles Superior Court at the time that stated, “As I picked up the phone to call the police, Gary put his hand on my neck and squeezed. I backed away, with the phone receiver in my hand. I tried to dial 911. Gary grabbed the phone receiver from my hand, and hit me in the face with the telephone receiver three or four times. Both of the children were crying.”